EDITORIAL: What we can learn from Detroit - Toledo News Now, News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

EDITORIAL: What we can learn from Detroit

WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon WTOL Vice President and General Manager Bob Chirdon
  • Most ReadMost ReadMore>>

  • FBI arrests 120, recovers 84 children in human trafficking sting

    FBI arrests 120, recovers 84 children in human trafficking sting

    Thursday, October 19 2017 7:04 AM EDT2017-10-19 11:04:01 GMT
    Thursday, October 19 2017 7:42 AM EDT2017-10-19 11:42:20 GMT

    The youngest victim recovered this year was a 3-month-old girl, and the average age of victims recovered during the operation was 15 years old. 

    More >>

    The youngest victim recovered this year was a 3-month-old girl, and the average age of victims recovered during the operation was 15 years old. 

    More >>
  • Trauma surgeons take lifesaving measures after man's legs caught in grain auger

    Trauma surgeons take lifesaving measures after man's legs caught in grain auger

    Thursday, October 19 2017 7:32 PM EDT2017-10-19 23:32:09 GMT
    A farm accident between Plainview and Floydada led to life-saving measures by an emergency rescue and trauma team (Source: TTUHSC)A farm accident between Plainview and Floydada led to life-saving measures by an emergency rescue and trauma team (Source: TTUHSC)

    A farm accident between Plainview and Floydada led to life-saving measures by an emergency rescue and trauma team Tuesday (October 17th). Fifty-nine year-old Leo Martinez was trapped when his legs were caught inside of a 20-foot tall grain auger cart, causing severe life-threatening injuries.

    More >>

    A farm accident between Plainview and Floydada led to life-saving measures by an emergency rescue and trauma team Tuesday (October 17th). Fifty-nine year-old Leo Martinez was trapped when his legs were caught inside of a 20-foot tall grain auger cart, causing severe life-threatening injuries.

    More >>
  • Big Changes to Come: When the Chill Settles In!

    Big Changes to Come: When the Chill Settles In!

    Thursday, October 19 2017 6:37 AM EDT2017-10-19 10:37:16 GMT

    This stay of unusually warm October weather has a countdown to cool. Highs will stay in the 70s and even reach to just shy of record 80s on Saturday before it all comes to a close. The end of the warmth begins late Sunday evening as showers sweep across the Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. This late weekend system will be just the start to a cooler pattern next week; that will bring our coolest temperatures of the season so far.

    More >>

    This stay of unusually warm October weather has a countdown to cool. Highs will stay in the 70s and even reach to just shy of record 80s on Saturday before it all comes to a close. The end of the warmth begins late Sunday evening as showers sweep across the Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. This late weekend system will be just the start to a cooler pattern next week; that will bring our coolest temperatures of the season so far.

    More >>
(Toledo News Now) -

The bankruptcy of Detroit should serve as a wake-up call for everyone who lives in a region dominated by a big city. 

One of the lessons of Detroit is: We have been permitting politicians to answer the wrong question.  Politicians love to answer ‘why?'  Why is subjective.  Why is easy - there are always good reasons to do things.  Why provides opportunities for high-sounding, yet utterly meaningless, phrases like, "it's the right thing to do," "our kids deserve better," "everyone deserves a fair chance,"  and blah, blah, blah. 

The real lesson of Detroit is we should demand an answer to ‘how?'  How will you do this?  How much will it cost?  How will you pay for it?  How long will it take?  How will it impact other programs?  How will you manage it?  How will you judge its effectiveness? 

And if we cannot get substantial answers to ‘how,' then the next question should be, "How do you expect to be an effective mayor when you cannot explain the basics of something you just said is going to be a critical element of your administration?"  

If we don't wake up today and ask ‘how,' then I fear we will wake up later, like the people in Detroit are surely doing, and be asking ourselves,  "How did things get so bad?"

Mobile users, click on the "Video" button in the app to watch this story. Download our app here.

Copyright 2013 Toledo News Now. All rights reserved.

  • EDITORIAL: What we can learn from DetroitMore>>

  • CONNECT WITH US

    CONNECT WITH US

    LIKE us on Facebook - Follow us on Twitter -  Get Text & Email Alerts - Download our Apps - Send us photos & videoMore >>
    LIKE us on Facebook - Follow us on Twitter -  Get Text & Email Alerts - Download our Apps - Send us photos & videoMore >>
Powered by Frankly